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An Article on Meditation

Christian Meditation: Is there an app for that?

Article by Susan Metoxen, White Buffalo Solutions, Hopkins, Minnesota

With over 500,000 apps on Apple's App Store, there seems to be an app for everything. Since the mid 1990's, tech-savvy Christians have studied Scripture, planned prayers, and read their devotions on their PDAs and smartphones.

When I first decided to develop apps for the iPhone, I studied the market to identify possibilities for potential apps. I learned that while there are numerous meditation apps, there are very few Christian meditation apps. In fact, for every one app you find when you search for "Christian Meditation" apps, there are over 30 apps that are not associated with a religion or associated with a religion other than Christianity.

For the last several decades Christians generally have neglected the practice of meditation because of its strong association with Hinduism and Buddhism. Meditation became popular in the US in the 1960s in the form of Transcendental Meditation, or TM, which comes out of the Hindu and Buddhist faiths. It's popularity in the US grew in 1968, when The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India, to attend a TM seminar hosted by the founder of TM, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Forty years later, meditation continues to be popular in the US. It has become a popular secular activity due to the well-established fact that meditation offers physiological and psychological benefits. Moreover, meditation is moving into the mainstream of health care as scientists demonstrate the value of meditation on health and mental health. 1 Meditation is even offered at work sites as a health and wellness activity.

Think about how much more we, as Christians, have to gain from meditation when we focus our meditations on God's Word!